News of new sep­sis test is good news but in­creased aware­ness is still essential

Lancashire Life - - PROMOTION - By Diane Rostron

It was an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary that a new sep­sis test, which prom­ises to di­ag­nose the po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion within three min­utes, would be avail­able on the NHS within the next three to five years. The new test has been de­vel­oped by sci­en­tists at Strath­clyde Uni­ver­sity in Glas­gow who are con­fi­dent that it “could save thou­sands of lives”.

Ac­cord­ing to The UK Sep­sis Trust, sep­sis kills 52,000 peo­ple per year. Na­tional guidelines set out by the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Clin­i­cal Ex­cel­lence (NICE) ad­vise that med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als should pro­vide an­tibi­otics to patients even be­fore a sep­sis di­ag­no­sis is con­firmed.

It cur­rently takes up to 72 hours to di­ag­nose sep­sis how­ever, timely treat­ment can pre­vent this se­ri­ous con­di­tion from de­vel­op­ing into fur­ther com­pli­ca­tions such as mul­ti­ple or­gan failure.

The symp­toms to be aware of in adults in­clude a high tem­per­a­ture, chills and shiv­ers, a fast heart­beat and fast breath­ing.

More se­vere symp­toms can also in­clude dizzi­ness or feel­ing faint, confusion or dis­ori­en­ta­tion, nau­sea or vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhea,

not pass­ing wa­ter over a pro­longed pe­riod and cold, clammy, pale or mot­tled skin.

We are sadly see­ing too many cases where sep­sis treat­ment has been de­layed due to med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als fail­ing to follow the na­tional guidelines leading to avoid­able pa­tient deaths.

While some of the symp­toms of sep­sis are very sim­i­lar to other con­di­tions, the NICE guidelines clearly state that an­tibi­otics should be pro­vided in a timely fash­ion - even if sep­sis is sus­pected but is yet to be for­mally di­ag­nosed.

Our spe­cial­ist team of leading med­i­cal and le­gal spe­cial­ists have rep­re­sented fam­i­lies for more than 20 years, in­clud­ing sev­eral re­cent sep­sis cases.

If you believe that your fam­ily has suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant harm or an avoid­able death as a re­sult of med­i­cal neg­li­gence, our friendly team of spe­cial­ists are here to help on 01253 766 559. To read more about the sep­sis cases we have acted on, please visit www.di­

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